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Norwegian Wood(ノルウェイの森)

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Japan · 2010
2h 13m
Director Tran Anh Hung
Starring Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Reika Kirishima
Genre Drama, Romance

In 1960s Japan, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his only friend Kizuki after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, he meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend, Naoko, in the university. However, as Toru and Naoko grow even closer, Naoko's sense of loss also grows.

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Village Voice by

Despite Hung's obvious gifts as a filmmaker, he has ditched this raw immediacy in favor of a drifty, overstuffed, ultimately dull melodrama.


Time Out by David Fear

As a chronicle of grief and passion, however, the film is perilously close to being an exercise in tactile but touchy-feely passive-aggression.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Fans of the book may resist the efforts of director Tran Anh Hung ("The Scent of Green Papaya"), simply because it would be impossible to capture the essence of Murakami's prose. But this exquisitely filmed, often haunting tragedy is worth taking on its own terms.


The A.V. Club by Sam Adams

Tran's visual precision is betrayed by his jumbled script, which fails to impose a cinematic structure on the source material.

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